Computer expert forged Script tickets scam and duped fans out of €4,000
A computer programmer sold forged tickets for a Croke Park concert by The Script on the street in Dublin city centre, duping fans out of €4,000, a court heard.
James Carpenter (24) produced the fakes by copying a genuine ticket, then sold them on O'Connell Street on the day of the concert to fans who were subsequently turned away when they presented them at the gate.
Judge Anthony Halpin said he could imagine the "disappointment on the faces" of the victims and remarked that this was the worst part of the crime.
He adjourned the case for a pre-sentence probation report at Dublin District Court.
Carpenter, of Irish Street, Ardee, Co Louth, pleaded guilty to seven counts of deception at O'Connell Street on June 29, 2015.
The prosecuting garda said he executed a search warrant at Irish Street, Ardee, on June 26 this year. The accused was arrested and brought to Store Street Garda Station.
He had no prior convictions of any kind.
The court heard Carpenter had bought a ticket from a friend and "made duplicates" of it.
"He sold numerous duplicate copies of the ticket - he sold them to people and they accepted them," the prosecuting garda said.
When the ticket buyers went to the concert they "could not gain access".
Carpenter had been in a relationship for five years, but it ended and he suffered from depression.
"He saw an opportunity to make some money and he made a foolish choice," Carpenter's solicitor said.
"You can imagine the disappointment on the faces of these young people who turned up at this concert of The Script, having saved their pocket money, and then they are not allowed in," the judge said.
Carpenter's solicitor told the judge the concertgoers had got their money back.